Edi Birsan, Concord Mayor

Mark your calendar for summer fun in Concord, from concerts to fireworks

Edi Birsan, Concord MayorCONCORD, CA (May 20, 2024) — This summer is shaping up to be busy for our residents and visitors on a bunch of different fronts.

With the completion of the affordable housing building across from the Police Department at 1315 Galindo St., RCD will be taking applications for the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments restricted to household incomes between 30% and 60% of the area minimum. In June, check at their website: https://rcdhousing.org. They are also making some units available to homeless people making the transition to permanent housing.

The July 4th festivities will be taking place, oddly enough, on July 4th. We are excited to again be home to a series of exciting events, including a fun run, pancake breakfast, parade, festival and fireworks. Tim McGallian and friends are stepping up to make this event another success. Submit parade questions at parade@concordjuly4th.com or check out www.concordjuly4th.com for more information.

Beautiful music

In just a few weeks, we will launch our annual Music & Market concerts at Todos Santos Plaza. This weekly free series, which runs June 6-Sept. 26, brings thousands of people out to the plaza on Thursday evenings.

Concert-goers can enjoy delicious hot food and snacks as well as fresh produce courtesy of our farmers market, which begins at 4 p.m. The music starts at 6:30 p.m., and the lineup is eclectic. There is something for every musical taste – blues, rock, salsa, pop, jazz, R&B, country and even a Taylor Swift tribute.

Beyond this Concord fan-favorite, there are a whole host of concerts happening in and around the city this summer. From the Veranda to Side Gate to Couch Concerts in the park, music lovers will have no shortage of entertainment. For details, please refer to the events listing at www.visitconcordca.com.

Summer heat’s up

When the summer days get hot, hot, hot, you can cool off at the Concord Community Pool, which offers recreational swim (with inflatable obstacle courses) as well as swimming lessons, or visit our Spray Park at Meadow Homes Park.

If you’re looking for a daylong water adventure, check out Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, which features water slides, a wave pool and a lazy river.

While you’re downtown this summer, you may notice the great improvements that have taken place over the last year. Through a partnership with the Todos Santos Business Association (and supported by American Rescue Plan Act dollars), the city was able to implement a Downtown Welcome and Cleanliness Program to hire a day-porter and security guard, and fund additional pressure washing services.

As a result, we have seen less trash and graffiti, and cleaner sidewalks. The security officer has been able to handle smaller, more routine issues and minor disturbances, saving calls to Concord PD.